The Sacramento State – Placer Center Master Plan establishes the planning foundations for a new off-campus center including: enrollment, programming, phasing, land uses, infrastructure, and development and design guidelines. Buildout of the off-campus center would include administrative buildings; student and faculty housing; a student center; recreation and athletic facilities; a performing arts center; a hotel and conference center; a continuing education center; academic, research, and industry buildings (academic mixed-use); support services; and parking. The campus would include open space areas for active and passive recreation and provide opportunities for workforce development. Buildout of Sacramento State – Placer Center is anticipated in four phases over 35 years.
A California State University capacity assessment identified a market demand of 5,200 students for the Sacramento region by 2035. Enrollment projections are projected to exceed planned capacity by 21 percent in the Sacramento region, including Placer County. Sacramento State - Placer Center is intended to alleviate this pressure on Sacramento State’s main campus and meet the needs of the Placer County population, which is one of the fastest-growing regions in California, and one of three areas of California where enrollment demand is expected to exceed capacity in the coming years. The Master Plan is designed to meet the identified space needs with appropriate facilities in four phases of development, eventually realizing an off-campus center that serves approximately 20,000 undergraduate students (headcount) or 12,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, including approximately 5,000 Sierra College FTE students and approximately 7,000 Sacramento State FTE students.
Sacramento State – Placer Center is intended to expand access to higher education in the region through an innovative partnership with Sierra College, while serving as an anchor institution for the larger community and future development in the Sunset Area of Placer County. The off-campus center would also be rooted in partnerships with the County and outside industry. The Master Plan is intended to guide development and operation of a campus that is sustainable and resilient; that provides a successful student experience; and that establishes a new model of education, innovation, and community engagement. While Sacramento State - Placer Center would start off as an off-campus center tied to Sacramento State, the potential exists for it to turn into an independent California State University campus in the long term.